The Aspen/Volare is a prime example of a car that had a number of issues that affected high percentage of those built. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Dodge Aspen 1978 USA Market Sales Brochure Sedan Wagon Coupe at the best online prices at eBay! The practice of using multiple wheelbases started with the Dart, with its 108″ coupe and 111″ sedan wheelbases. CMC is proud to announce the arrival of this fully restored 1978 Dodge Aspen Special Edition, This car just arrived from the the Miller Brothers collection in Pa. Grandma, who is now 91 years old, bought her ’80 Aspen new, in mid-year. The body did not rust out, but that was about the only thing that did not go wrong. (first posted 11/14/2012) If one reads (and believes) the various articles and reviews relating to the Dodge Aspen, it would be easy to conclude it was the biggest chunk of junk to roll out of Detroit in the 1970s. The key is the full length crease in the sheetmetal about 3 inches below the windowline. One was owned by an elementary school teacher and the other was owned by a neighbour who went through a lot of ’70s and ’80s Iron. The time-delay on the vacuum spark advance was bypassed. Aside from the torqueflight the car was a complete stripper. We pay high dollar for collectible cars because they have more value. Remember, this was the time that Ford was having recalls about its transmissions falling into reverse and running through garages. This was, as mentioned, a three-speed box with an overdrive fourth gear added, and I found it to be clunky in operation with long throws. Try that in a v6 gm a body. Compared with my grandmother, however, my parents were rank amateurs. R4 cyl., ohc 104.7 cid 70 hp: Omni: x: Custom: x: Premium: x: Ultimate: x: The Basic Omni is a great distance removed from what used to be called a "stripped model." Throughout their ownership, which lasted until 1983 and covered 105,000 miles, it needed absolutely nothing major. So, given they weren’t penetrating the Chevelle/Torino size wagon market at all, they had nothing to lose. Location. Probably the only ones that did not were the fuel injected VW’s. No other firsthand experience with these except for every taxi in Portland, Maine from the late 70s-early 90s. And two years later, the downsized B-platform offered a wagon in this size. For a variety of reasons, compact sales had fallen from their heights of the early ’60s. I will also admit to also being able to conjure very considerable lust for a wagon with the 2 barrel slant six and four speed. Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA 20,114 Miles … Build a car long enough, and it gets better with age, up to a point. I have a keg of an appropriate beverage awaiting! IMO, the whole episode with secret warranties and dealers telling people they were on their own is what really wounded Chrysler, and the other domestic dealers. However, I have seen two very clean surviving Plymouth Volare wagons, the same cream as this one, but it’s been almost eight years. It was our last Chrysler product. It was a rust bucket by then, but it ran and ran and ran. it was originally developed to be a coil spring suspension, and some Chrysler marketing cone heads insisted that Chrysler’s image was so invested in torsion bars, that it had to be modified to be so. Chrysler didn’t have a domestic-built subcompact, but they figured the same principle ought to apply to the compact segment, where they would have things all to themselves aside from the aging AMC Hornet. A great all-around vehicle, particularly when equipped with the bullet-proof 318/727 drive-train. I’m not sure if Citroen had the marketing budget for MT’s COTY but they still somehow managed to win it in 1972 for their new SM. It was a much improved car over the 1977 Aspen. That period of time was right in the heart of this car’s development period, and it showed. I had 17 people in it once. The locally developed cars here were designed for this sort of thing, and can be a real contrast to imported cars. The well worn examples I’ve been in certainly didn’t have the stalling and stumbling issues that plagued the big blocks of the ’70s. MY DAD BOUGHT A WHITE 2 DOOR ASPEN SE IN 1976 . Rusted through in a few places being here in the rust belt (MN) though. I installed enough of them when I was a lot younger!!! I had a friend in college who had a 1979 Volare coupe. THE FRONT FENDERS AND ALSO THE VENTS IN THE HOOD RUSTED, LOOKED LIKE THEY WERENT DE BURED. However, the car itself was servicable and did the job very nicely. GM euthanized the Nova in 1980, and the Granada would get a new body and chassis for 1981. Meaning it would only outlast 3 of its contemporary GM V6’s instead of 5. These gravel roads were of the large creek-gravel variety, were maintained by a very poor county, and were graded perhaps once every two years. The situation became much better year later when I bought my very own Plymouth….a ’72 Barracuda! Nail-head interface, and I’d consider owning one, although I will say that around here (East Texas) I see a lot more M-bodies than I do Aspen/Volares. One reason the number of reported cases of Fords doing this spiked was because a newscast in 1978 specifically mentioned Ford, based on Claybrook’s initial investigation. The carburetor air intake heat was modified for longer duration to smooth out warmup. All that said, I knew a kid in college whose dad bought him a silver Volare wagon in one of the higher trim levels, and it was a really nice car to ride in. I mixed so much B3 Cadet Blue Met that I didn’t have to look up the formula when he came in. Meanwhile, the Canadian department, Transport Canada, performed its own investigation, and found no defect in Ford automatic transmissions that would cause them to jump from park to reverse. It was NOT a 3-speed with OD added. I thought it was named after the ’50s song. On the GM and Mopar cars I drove of those days (and later) you could pull the lever all the way towards you, but without downward pressure on the lever, it was happy to stay in park even though the lever had been pulled off of the detent. An article here in Hemmings on a low mileage Sunrise Edition Aspen puts it at $2,000 – $2,500. And my point? In fact, it stayed in the family until it was 10 years old or so. In both development and reputation, their story is similar to the Austin Allegro by British Leyland- I’ve had both, and I speak from experience, and have a soft spot for both of these cars. Nineteen-eighty would also be the final year for the Aspen, but not for its legacy. Make: x. Drove me nuts on long freeway trips. UPDATE: a reader on Facebook found another ad where the seller quotes $5,500 as the price. That was a good car, too. In contrast, there is no evidence that General Motors did likewise for owners of their terminally biodegradable pickups of the same era, and Ford simply followed GM’s precedent. One Time it broke down on the Mt Hope bridge (2 lanes) and apparently I was crying in the backseat. AND WEAK AS PUPPY P**S. Slanted automatic it was sooo bad that even the tail pipe sucked at W.O.T! Aside from hydraulic tappets, the unfortunate thing about the post-76 slant six was the downgrade from a forged to a cast cranshaft. Helloooooo – I’m here. Years produced: 1978. The 1970 year cut-off is interesting, as an internal Ford investigation, begun in 1972, initially focused on the years 1968 through 1971. From United States +C $72.54 shipping. I found this out-of-gas Dodge Aspen in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store resting next to a Buick Century, a certified cockroach of the road. . Dodge 1978. Years after they had gotten rid of that car, we were able to identify a car we spotted in a grocery store parking lot as the same one, in part because it was a hatchback. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. In fact, Chrysler sold 70,971 '78 Omnis and 95,817 '78 Horizons in the US, or a … By ’82, they were replaced by an AMC Eagle wagon and a Ford Escort wagon. 618-271-XXXX. Even the back end is similar with the same basic shape of tail light. The copper paint looks great paired with the brown leather interior. Thus, a Supercoupe would not have had a stick available (since they were a 360 based package) and sticks were quite rare on R/T’s (same with Volare Roadrunners). I had a 76 wagon and a 78 wagon. I have yet to meet a person who owned one that has anything negative to say about it- once they actually admit that they did own one that is. – hydraulic tappets.. My brother, who had turned 16, used the Volare for a while, until it was too rusty and in such disrepair, that it had to be junked. The car had a lot of problems by the time he got it but it was an OK teenager’s car for the time he had it. ”, Might you be referring to my Chrysler’s Deadly Sin CC on the 1976 Aspen/Volare? The first one I’d seen in some time. He could never get the damn thing to run right, even after replacing the carburetor, adjusting the gap in the distributor, replacing the entire distributor and on and on and on. The 96-00 egg shaped versions are now common working class family vans. Browse interior and exterior photos for 1978 Dodge Aspen. Let us know in the comments! Given the millions of Ford vehicles with automatic transmissions produced in those years, it is not beyond belief that 40 people failed to completely move the lever to the “park” position. Problem was the factory put a 4 on the floor in it. You have to admit, there aren’t going to be a lot of these at the next Mopar show you attend! My aim was to be tongue-in-cheek with this as the Aspen was awful in the beginning and wound up being what it should have been at introduction. She took it on a trip to upstate NY, about 5 hours from our home in eastern PA. She said the car ran great, but the wheel wells had rusted so badly that some of her dirty laundry, including underwear, ended up on the road on the return trip home. The seller is inviting offers but does not list a price. Oh, and I would estimate it’s value, based primarily on condition and secondarily on the T-Tops at $5-$6K. Many incidents of premature rust, driveability issues caused by Lean-Burn and lousy carburetors, poor quality front suspension components coupled with a questionable design that often made alignments difficult if not impossible (front end parts manufacturer Moog made ‘problem solver’ control arm bushings that were eccentric to compensate for sagging front crossmembers), top it off with rather indifferent assembly, and it is easy to see why these cars were shunned pretty soon after introduction. In every instance, once the officer realized what I was carrying, I was sent on my way without even a warning. I’m confused by your statement. 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The inner fender rust was also a big problem, although the rest of the car was not so bad for corrosion. Just my opinion…. As such, it’s likely to be bought by a manufacturer who knows they’re going to need the boost. However, my ’83 Gran Fury had the ‘electronic carburetor control’ which was nearly as bad as lean burn. As someone else mentioned the Transverse torsion bars didn’t hold up in Police/Taxi use. Even the oft-maligned transverse torsion bar front suspension wasn’t doing too badly. While I was looking, I found a pretty 1977 car here that was for sale a year ago in Lakeland, Florida for $6,350. Pretty sure that either the seats or Uncle Charlie’s pants sported the plaid pattern seen in the red brochure shot. Both vehicles took the same windshield! 1978 Dodge Aspen By the time Chrysler Corporation replaced the reliable and best-selling Dodge Dart and Plymouth Valiant for 1976, the cars were looking more than a bit dated: … Did the front fenders on your Aspen experience premature rust? It looked good, did not develop serious rust and the interior held up pretty well too. The nicest Volare wagon ever! During my 15-minute ride, I discovered that the cabbie could successfully moonlight as a stunt driver. Did Chrysler ever build a better combination? This model undoubtedly stole sales from the F body and is one reason why sales dropped by 200,000 units between 1977 and 1978. Required fields are marked *. Sort By. The Street Kit Car could be accused of no such thing. I know of early models that plagued their owners for a long time. A mechanic from another cab company came in to rent a space for an engine swap in the last remaining Volare in their fleet. http://www.aspenandvolare.com/showthread.php?3746-Mexican-F-M-Dart-Wagons-1977-Dodge-Dart. I don’t like the name. Description for Dodge Aspen 1978: 1978 Dodge Aspen, 53,000 original miles, garage kept, VERY VERY clean car. Have you ever noticed that being named Car of the Year by Motor Trend seems to give the winning car a better than 50/50 chance of getting a reputation as a complete turkey in the long run? In 1976, my parents looked at the new Aspen but purchased a 1976 Dart sedan instead. They couldn’t really get it clean. At the same time, a buddy’s girlfiend had a Volare sedan. Another memory inducer. By 1978 competing wagons had also appeared in the form of the downsized GM A-bodies and the Fairmont/Zephyr. But best of all it never broke down. Or knocks did have the hatchbacks ( as did AMC ) in its size! 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